Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

From Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa). This is a luscious cake, perfect for any special occasion. You can make the cake up to a week in advance: wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Glaze it before serving. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour an 8 inch round cake pan, then the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time.
  5. Mix in the syrup and vanilla.
  6. Add the flour and mix until JUST combined (overbeating with make the cake too tough).
  7. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until just set in the middle.
  8. Let cool thoroughly in the pan.
  9. For the ganache, cook the heavy cream, chocolate chips, and coffee in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.
  10. Place the cake upside down on a wire rack and pour the glaze evenly over the top, making sure to cover the entire cake and sides.
  11. You can tilt the rack to smooth the glaze.
  12. Do not refrigerate.


Most Helpful

One of the best features here at Zaar is the Search By Ingredient option. I had way too much chocolate syrup in the house and needed to find a recipe to use up some of this stuff. After a quick search I found this recipe. One of the great serendipitous occasions of my life, this cake is amazing. I didn't have a can of Hershey syrup, just bottles of some local stuff, so thanks to the knowledgeable and helpful people here at Zaar, one can of Hershey's syrup comes out to 1 3/4 cup. I have to admit that I only made the cake, and not the ganache, but it was heaven. So rich and chocolately. I served the cake with some homemade (non-dairy) strawberry and peach ice cream (a scoop of each) and it was a delightful dessert. I plan on making the cake again, it's the perfect cake for those days when you need something majorly chocolate.

Mirj June 04, 2005

I just knew that I had messed this recipe up. I didn't have a can of Hersey's chocolate, but I did have a large bottle that was partially used. When I got everything together, I was about 1/2 cup short on the chocolate syrup. I add about 1/4 cup water, made the cake anyway and it is wonderful. DH and DS both gave it rave reviews. Ofcourse, I love chocolate, so you know I loved it!!!!

Jellyqueen February 22, 2004

Absolutely amazing! I used these to make mini cakes for my family the other night and they were a HUGE hit! I tried making it a little less chocolatey by also doing a white chocolate mocha ganache and drizzling it on top decoratively and it turned out perfect!

p4intthestars August 20, 2010

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